Mind Ready Monday: Imperfect Miracles

I believe in miracles. Even the imperfect kind. I’ve spent the past few days sprinkling a whole lot of miracle dust everywhere— hoping, praying and pulling for a little one close to my heart. Heartache is often times unexpected and unfair. It prompts us to question ourselves and our faith. That’s when we hope for a miracle. Sometimes, miracles happen just the way we’ve dreamed of. Other times, they happen unexpectedly— through…. Read more

Fly Away With Me

Happiness is freedom.  I learned that as a child, and it’s proven true as an adult. Robin Williams helped teach me that lesson. I was five when I first watched him as Peter Pan in Hook. In the film, he reminds us, “All you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me.” Indeed, happiness lets you fly. Perhaps not just like Peter Pan. I learned that…. Read more

Let’s Be Real— You Weren’t Ready for Monday

It’s the Monday following the Fourth of July… AKA, the worst day back at work, ever. I’m feeling a serious case of sluggishness following my Sunday night breakup with the beach. We really had something special going. My friends were in town for the weekend. We sipped on margaritas. And I owned every dance floor with my impressive fist-pumping skills. It’s my only move.  Reality called, and wanted me back in…. Read more

My Message to High School Seniors

Wow, what a humbling weekend. I went back to my high school alma mater to deliver the commencement speech. It was such an incredible experience and I was honored to be there. The students were attentive, kind and welcoming, so it made my job easy. Although my own high school graduation still feels like yesterday, preparing the speech made me realize how much I’ve done and learned over the past…. Read more

What Would You Tell a High School Grad?

I’ll soon be making a trip to my hometown of Holland, MI. It’s a little place that sits right on the lake. It was once rated one of the happiest places to live by ABC News. Which means it’s the best town ever. Hopefully, a bunch of high school students there will think I’m super cool, because I’m giving their commencement speech. The honor will land me in front of…. Read more